After last week's double lovefest, this week on How I Met Your Mother found the gang on a love quest -- for the "best burger in New York," in the eyes of Marshall and, apparently, Regis Philbin. Did they find it? And why was it so important they do? Let's find out!Before we get into the, uh, meat of this ep, I want to make it known that I went to Burger King for a burger before writing this. I'm sure it also has something to do with the fact that I didn't eat for 13 hours today, but that's a different story. Anyhow...FutureTed waxes nostalgic on the dilapidated, unkempt and "terrifying" yesteryears of New York City before Rudy fixed it all, giving us clean streets, chain stores and banks, but taking away those "crappy old places we loved," which brings us to present day. A dorked-out Barney espouses the virtues of Goliath National Bank, his company's latest acquisition. Barney the Walking GNB Advertisement offers Marshall a job, to Lily's objection as he's going to be an environmental lawyer. Marshall hasn't had luck on the job front, his in-front-of-the-mirror motivational speeches ("You are Marshall!" anyone?) getting less motivational every time. That leads to "The Night of the Burger."The gang tries the new chef's burgers at McLaren's, or at least four of them do. Robin, coming off a two of seven-day cleanse (anyone else have a flashback to The Office?), was last to get her burger, because that gag wasn't obvious from a mile away. Lily, Ted and Barney fall in love with their meat 'n' bun, but party pooper Marshall says he ate the best burger eight years ago.Flashback to 2000: Newly moved-in Marshall is scared (insert profanity here) of the big, bad city, opting to stay indoors with a baseball bat. As a lifelong New Yorker, it amuses me to no end when out-of-staters freak over coming to the city. My college roommate worried about all the "hills" in NYC, but we'll talk about that another time.Ted2000 urges Marshall2000 to venture out, which is when he finds the burger joint, with its green door, red sign that merely read "Burger" and a signed photo of Regis on the wall. City newbie Marshall, clearly not blessed with photographic memory, was never able to locate the place again. There was a near-breakthrough when Barney revealed he and Reeg go to the same gym, but Reeg lost track of the place too (seriously, how can you not remember the place that supposedly changed your life?).After hearing the Christmas combo of the door and sign, Robin says the restaurant's on West 12th and 7th, and off they go -- just as her burger arrives. Because we couldn't see that coming either. En route, after pitching GNB once again, Barney texts Regis, who now hosts Million Dollar Heads or Tails, to come. But Marshall says that ain't the burger, which was so much more. Cue Amadeus-esque sermon (which apparently influenced his wedding vows too -- I'm guessing these are the vows he gave at the "second" ceremony): "This is God speaking to us through food." Now, it’s about way more than a burger. Marshall's jobless morale is decreasing (we've all been there, Marsh) and his underpants radius is increasing. Yes, underpants radius -- the show's latest awesome coinage. The waitress reveals the restaurant they're in is modeled after the one on 106th and Manhattan Ave., so they go, to find that it's now a GNB ATM. As a famished Robin picks at trash and Lily attacks Barney for GNB overtaking NYC, Marshall admits he's gotten a job at GNB, and Barney's been talking the bank up to get Lily excited. It's disappointing Marshall's going corporate again, but understandable, in reality and on the show. Don't forget those debts and the lopsided apartment. He's excited to wear pants again, but just wanted one last bite at that big apple burger that gave him so much joy. As they're about to throw in the towel, Random Guy in the Street offers to tell them the new location of the burger joint for $100. So they pay, they eat, they conquer. Reeg included.Was I the only one worried about this episode when I heard the premise? "Filler" ran through my head, and yes, it can still be classified as such, but it was a job well done (no pun intended) for what it had to offer. We all know HIMYM has given us better. Burger-crazy Regis fit into the scheme of things and who didn't like the Power of the Burger? It gave Marshall the confidence to take NYC head on and it's now doing the same as he takes on the real world. Tear.One question: Why did no one (ahem, Barney) offer Robin a bite of their burger? Not even a fry? That's cold, yo.What did you think? Did their burger-chasing make you crave a slab of meat? Did you like the break from the Ted/Stella and Robin/Barney storylines? Has your underpants radius ever gotten out of hand? What is the best burger in NYC (unfortunately I am still undecided) or in any city?
After last week's double lovefest, this week on How I Met Your Mother
found the gang on a love quest -- for the "best burger in New York," in the eyes of Marshall and, apparently, Regis Philbin. Did they find it? And why was it so important they do? Let's find out!
Before we get into the, uh, meat of this ep, I want to make it known that I went to Burger King for a burger before writing this. I'm sure it also has something to do with the fact that I didn't eat for 13 hours today, but that's a different story. Anyhow...